Dunleer AC has had many highlights this cross country season, with juvenile sucess at both Louth and Leinster level and with senior success at County, Provincial and International level. Our Club Chairman David Carrie, our County Chairman Micheál Mulligan and our coaches and committee members have been working hard to ensure athletics is enjoyed by all of our members, from age 5 to 50+. Training sessions at various venues ensure that all events and abilities are catered for. Please support Dunleer AC and if you can help in any way, don't hesitate. We are all volunteers and welcome support and encouragement! We are looking forward to the National Cross Country Championships on November 26th and December 17th, and of course the Rás na hÉireann in February 2018!
Dunleer AC Double Double
Dunleer AC seniors did a double double in October with Aoife Fay winning the Louth Championship senior ladies title over 6km and Garry Campbell winning the Louth Championship men's title over 10km. The senior ladies and senior men both won their team competitions also, meaning that Dunleer AC are Individual and Team Champions for 2017 in both men's and ladies' cross country.
International Cap for Karen Costello
Official times and results are on www.nirunning.co.uk. Karen Costello had a brilliant run today for Ireland in the British and Irish Masters International Cross Country in Derry. Karen covered the 6km course in 23.40, finishing 21st out of 198 runners and was the third scoring member on the Irish O40 ladies team, with Ireland in 2nd place behind England and ahead of Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Leinster Senior and Juvenile Championships
At Adamstown in Wexford on November 12th, Dunleer AC had some superb performances with Karen Costello finishing 5th and leading the Louth ladies to 3rd County team in the senior ladies 5km, supported by Clubmate Nicola Welsh with Mary Leech, Yasmin Canning and Erin Mc Hugh Drogheda & District and Sally Clarke Boyne AC.
In the juvenile Championships, Eseosa Victor and James Russell claimed individual medals with 7th and 12th under 15, and with teammates Patrick Farrell and Edward Mc Entee claimed the bronze in the team section. The boys under 17 were led home by Kian Leavy and Danny O Brien in 13th and 14th and with Peter Meegan, Conor Matthews, Cathal Butler and Fran Mc Donnell claimed 3rd Club. Matthew Mc Entee helped the Louth team to medals under 13 and Conor Brennan finished 2nd in the non Championship under 9 event. Great day. Next stop Nationals!
National silver for Emma
At the All Ireland Schools indoor Combined events Emma Cheshire, the Leinster Schools Champion had a great day to finish 2nd in thus National competition, excelling at hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot putt and 800m.
Leinster Cross Country Day 1
Dunleer AC had a great day at the Leinster even ages and novice XC in Navan on Day 1. The athletes were delighted with the super course set up by Meath Athletics and there were brilliant races from U10 right through to Novice. All of our juveniles qualified either individually or on Club and County teams to Nationals at the end of November. Special congrats to Erinn Leavy on her impressive win in the U12 Championship and her team mate Lucy Sheridan who finished 7th, with Vanessa Brennan 22nd, Danielle Brennan 41st and Aibhe Reilly 69th to finish 3rd team with bronze medals. With the help of Blackrock’s Rebecca Baldwin, St.Peter's Dearbhla Allen and Glenmore's Lucy White the Louth team also qualified for Nationals.
The Louth U12 boys also finished in 2nd place and go through to Nationals with the help of Dunleer AC's Ciaran Russell. James Russell, Patrick Farrell and Matthew Mc Entee were integral members of the Louth U14 team who qualified for Nationals also. Finally in the non Championship under 10 event Sally Sheridan, Dáire Mathews and Conor Brennan all ran really well with Dáire finishing a super hard fought 3rd. In the Novice races Paul Butler and Nicola Welsh had great outings with Nicola's 9th place the best result on the day.